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   CaliforniaMama  Sunday Jan 22 11:17 AM

January 22, 2012 A Pool for Elvis



Spence Manor sits right across the street from the Country Music Hall of Fame, in Tennessee. During its heyday, it was a hotel of suites where Elvis Priestly (sic) liked to stay when he was in Tennessee recording music.

In order to attract more visitors, the owner decided to build this guitar-shaped swimming pool.

The hotel is now a complex of condominiums and the residents still enjoy taking a dip in the pool now and again. The pool remains an attraction and from time to time it still gets a part in a movie.

The architecture of the pool is perfect. It has such wonderful detail as the chords and the round opening in the guitar that are painted in black at the bottom of the swimming pool to look just like a guitar when seen from above.

More interesting architecture and home design details at Homedit.


Thanks to Classicman for sharing!



Sundae  Sunday Jan 22 11:58 AM

I'm sure this featured in a Neil Gaiman short story.



HungLikeJesus  Sunday Jan 22 01:30 PM

Celebrity Death Pool 1977.



CaliforniaMama  Thursday Jan 26 11:12 AM

Quote:
Originally Posted by Sundae View Post
I'm sure this featured in a Neil Gaiman short story.
The mystical universe is at work today. I haven't had a chance to look at this thread until now. On a quirk, I searched the above author, as he was unknown to me. Up comes his blog.

Today's blog entry is about the three authors that most influenced him. The first is one of my faves, the second one of hubby's faves.

This, of course, has piqued my interest. Can you suggest a good first read?


infinite monkey  Thursday Jan 26 11:20 AM

I can't get past this:

Quote:
Spence Manor sits right across the street from the Country Music Hall of Fame, in Tennessee. During its heyday, it was a hotel of suites where Elvis Priestly (sic) liked to stay when he was in Tennessee recording music.



Sundae  Thursday Jan 26 04:06 PM

Quote:
Originally Posted by CaliforniaMama View Post
Can you suggest a good first read?
His short stories (Smoke and Mirrors), or one of his novellas (Stardust, Neverwhere). I have all three in a single volume and it makes for a great taster.

He also writes children's books - Coraline and The Graveyard Book are whimsical tales with some meat on the bones.

Full novel American Gods is classic Gaiman.

As you can see, I am too much of a fan to recommend one over another.
There's plenty out there to make your way through if you decide to commit.


Pete Zicato  Thursday Jan 26 04:17 PM

I've read The Graveyard Book. Mrs. Z got it free at some event. It's a good story. Definitely targeted at young readers, but if you take it in that vein...



Happy Monkey  Thursday Jan 26 04:49 PM

His masterpiece is Sandman, but I wouldn't reccommend that as a first read unless you're into comic books.

Any of the ones mentioned is a good start.



Clodfobble  Thursday Jan 26 08:08 PM

Quote:
Originally Posted by CaliforniaMama
This, of course, has piqued my interest. Can you suggest a good first read?
American Gods. Classic, and accessible to people who aren't (yet) diehard Neil Gaiman fans.

Another fantastic children's book he wrote for even younger ages is The Wolves in the Walls. Minifob's favorite, and he chose that one for me to read when I was "guest reader" in his class. I had to check with the teacher first to make sure she thought it was okay, as it's a little on the scary side... if your kid is a wuss.

Also The Day I Swapped My Dad for Two Goldfish, and Blueberry Girl.

But I digress. Adults should start with American Gods.


CaliforniaMama  Saturday Jan 28 11:56 AM

Wow, lots of good suggestions. I have added American Gods to my reading list. Thanks!



jimhelm  Saturday Jan 28 01:45 PM

+1 for american gods.

what was that one about the underground something or other? EDIT... Neverwhere... I see that Sundae mentioned that already....



Sundae  Saturday Jan 28 02:49 PM

Hai, Neverwhere.
It was a slow burner for me (coming from the Sandman comics)



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